Phillip Guingona

Assistant Professor of History
“The world is in a state of flux, and more than ever employers are searching for individuals who have a sharp mind and flexible skillset. History in the liberal arts setting at Wells College can help you begin your journey down this path toward fearless curiosity and sustained reinvention.”
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Professor Guingona, or Dr. Phill, as he prefers his students to call him, is a historian of the modern world. In particular, he examines the entangled histories of China and the Philippines in the early twentieth century. He is also working on projects that explore race in port-city Asia, Islam in China and the Philippines, Asian educational missions, and writing and teaching world history. In the classroom, he loves to introduce unexpected historical juxtapositions, and he stresses wide-ranging interaction and local-global connections.


2008 BA University of Vermont
2015 PhD University at Buffalo

Select Publications

"A Ghost and His Apparition Roam the South China Sea: Limahong and the Dream of a Hokkien Nation," Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives 11 (2017): 90-124
"The Sundry Acquaintances of Dr. Albino Z. Sycip: Exploring the Shanghai-Manila Connection, c. 1910-1940," Journal of World History 27, no. 2 (2016): 27-52

Courses Taught

  • World History to 1650
  • World History from 1650
  • Modern Chinese History
  • Modern South Asia
  • Ancient and Medieval Asia
  • Writing off Imperialism: Modern Southeast Asia through Anti-Imperial Literature
  • World War II
  • Women and Gender in Asian History
  • Shanghai: An Urban History of the “Demon Capital”
  • Writing History: Theory and Practice

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